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Vital Statistics

Watershed Area 328 acres
Lake surface area 67 acres
Maximum depth 38 feet
Mean depth 21 feet
Public Park Yes
Boat Ramp Yes, no gas engines
Fish Present bass, stocked rainbow

Overview

The key takeaways from the 2017 monitoring season are: • Lake Wilderness continued to have fairly clear water, with moderate nutrient concentrations and algal growth. While chlorophyll concentrations in 2015 and 2016 had been higher than usual for Lake Wilderness, they returned to more typical values in 2017. • Lake Wilderness tends to have algal blooms in late summer or fall, and one algal bloom was reported in 2017. Toxin testing found low concentrations of microcystin, below the Washington State Recreational Guidelines. This is an improvement from 2015 and 2016, which both had persistent blooms exceeding the recreational guidelines.

Please see below for a link to the full 2017 Lake Wilderness Monitoring Report.

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Maps

This bathymetric map shows contour lines of equal depth, similar to a topographic map would for mountains and valleys. The red 'X' marks the location where water quality samples are taken.
This map shows the area of the watershed relative to the area of the lake. Generally speaking, the larger a watershed is relative to a lake, the greater the influence land use practices on lake water quality.

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Water Quality Data  

Through a combination of efforts by volunteer lake monitors and King County staff, data relating to physical, chemical, and biological aspects of the lake have been collected for most lakes. The King County Lake Stewardship Program analyzes data to track long-term water quality trends in small lakes in western King County.

View or Download Data
Use this tool to view or download data from the lake in tabular format. You can define date ranges and select which parameters to view or download.

Chart Data
Use the charting tool to look at graphs showing single parameters for a single water year at a time.

Water quality over time
A common method of tracking water quality trends in lakes is by calculating the “trophic state index” (TSI) (Carlson, 1977) and testing the values for positive or negative trends over time. TSI indicators predict the biological productivity of the lake based on water clarity (Secchi) and concentrations of total phosphorus (TP) and chlorophyll a (Chlor). Generally at least 8 years of data without major lake management activities are needed to have confidence in a significant trend.

The average of these three TSI indicators during the growing season can be used to place lakes in one of three broad categories:
<40 = oligotrophic (low productivity),
40 to 50 = mesotrophic (moderate productivity)
>50 = eutrophic (highly productive).

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Reports and Related Links

2017 Lake Wilderness Monitoring Report
City of Maple Valley

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